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[January 04, 2014]
Zanzibar in "more than sun, sand & sea" promotional drive [Mid-East.Info]
(Mid-East.Info Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) “Destination Zanzibar” a campaign to promote its tourism in the Gulf In a bid to develop it as one of a kind destination on the Indian Ocean, a new promotional drive involving the public and private sector has been launched to lift up Destination Zanzibar "as more than sun, sand and sea". Destination Zanzibar a campaign to promote the islands will kick off its campaign in the Gulf, a region that has not been adequately tapped into in the past. Endorsed by The Ministry of Information, Culture, Tourism & Sports of Zanzibar as well as the Zanzibar Commission, the drive was announced at a Tourism Networking Forum held at The Seyyida, a boutique hotel in Stone Town, Zanzibar. Supported by The President's Office, State House and Good Governance, Diaspora Office, the forum was attended by Zanzibar Association of Tourism Investors (ZATI), the Zanzibar Association Tour Operators (ZATO) and other tourism stakeholders.
Ms Hafsa Mbamba founder of Grassroots Traveller spearheading “Destination Zanzibar” drive explained that the event offered an opportunity for the local tourism industry from the private and government sectors, to meet with reputable travel stakeholders and related press. "The forum was created to purposely cater for local tourism stakeholders to network and showcase their products and services. Destination Zanzibar functions to help businesses thrive in a competitive tourism market by offering strategic trade solutions," said Ms Mbamba.
"Zanzibar has so much more to offer beyond just the beach – from authentic, off the beaten track to eco-friendly experiences, Destination Zanzibar makes visible what the islands have to offer for the visitors to explore! With the recently amended Tourism Policy Act, now focusing on "Tourism for All", we want to cater for both the host and the visitors. Zanzibar is globally known as an idyllic beach destination, it is a paradise for the ocean lovers and for those looking to enjoy the tropical weather. However, Zanzibar is renowned for various other reasons like trade, history, culture and more” explained Ms Hafsa Mbamba.
Ms Nell Hamilton, founder of Sustainable East Africa, highlighted how a "Sustainable Zanzibar" is possible and currently in action. Ms Hamilton emphasized how her organization works closely with the private sector and local NGOs to achieve the goal for Sustainable East Africa and how it encourages others to achieve holistic results, building constructive frameworks and empowering those in need of such services.
“This forum works as a stepping-stone to penetrate new markets, targeting the Gulf region specifically as our first market. We have chosen this region because it hasn't been tapped into yet and the market is ideal to promote Zanzibar, ” said Mbamba.
Destination Zanzibar's Tourism Networking Forum attracted some of the island's front liners in tourism promotion including Chumbe Island, Safari Blue, Jahazi Literary & Jazz Festival, Kawa Training Center, Mtoni Palace Conservation Project. The event was sponsored by The Seyyida Hotel, Zanzibar Unique, tour operating company, ZD Printers, Rahim Saggaf , Creative Design, Maji Tu, exclusive Zanzibar water company and several others who shared their success stories during the forum.
Destination Zanzibar aims to re-invent Zanzibar and make it a Sustainable Tourism friendly destination through events and experiences. “People tend to catch things much quicker through personal experiences. For us to ensure that we have a more holistic industry we must share the piece of the cake with as many stakeholders as possible” concluded Ms Mbamba.
About Grassroots Traveller: Grassroots Traveller is a Destination Management Company found on the Archipelago of Zanzibar – where holidays are not just "holidays"! They take pride in organizing and ensuring that the day-to-day life, charm and characteristics of a destination are captured along the way. The aim of Grassroots Traveller is to allow domestic & international travellers to experience destinations in an authentic manner, wherever possible. It is a company that specializes in grassroots experiences and adventures – ensuring that clients have the opportunity to get a better insight of the destination, whilst positively contributing to the welfare of the local communities. As a destination management company, Grassroots Traveller advises and provides general travel services, adheres to the international corporate social responsibility conducts and is fully engaged in tourism consultancy as well project management for non-profit organizations.
Grassroots Traveller believes in the core essence of sustainable tourism that encourages and fosters the socio-economical and socio-cultural benefits of tourism to the local communities. They believe that by boosting the development of domestic tourism, they would partly be able to achieve their goal.
They support and raise awareness of Responsible Travel. Travellers, who wish to travel responsibly, are about respecting the local culture, its people and the environment. They truly believe that certain knowledge can only be acquired by travelling. With knowledge comes understanding and with mutual understanding between visitors and the local communities encourage deeper travel. They take time to know their destinations, think outside the box and put themselves in the locals' as well as the travellers' shoes whilst constructing excursions and experiences. They ensure that you relax, enjoy and appreciate the "the little things in life".
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